The inception of the idea to form 3SC came from the thinking of Richard Litchfield of Eastside and Ian Charlesworth of The Social Investment Business who lead its development during 2009. They discussed how established not-for-profit organisations could come together to form a new and unique ethical management firm. The consortium would bid for and deliver large public service contracts, based on the conviction that civil society organisations have a vital role to play in public service delivery.
3SC was formed on 23rd July 2009 and had the backing and financial support of ten founding partner organisations: Eastside, Clinks, Eden Project, London Learning Consortium, National Housing Federation, National Youth Agency, QED, Sadeh Lok Housing Group, The Social Investment Business and Well UK. The 3SC Board is today comprised of a senior representative of each of these ten partner organisations.
By the end of the first year, 3SC had been awarded contracts in employment service provision to provide well over 5,000 job allocations, which it continues to deliver successfully through over a hundred charities or social enterprises. The combined value of these employment contracts was over £36 million.